What are bedbugs?
Bed bugs are not known to be frequent carriers of disease and their importance is related mostly to the irritation following their bites.
There are 2 main types of bed bugs. The most common bed bugs are the Common Bed Bug and the Martin Bug, which normally lives in birds nests but can bite humans.
They breed by laying eggs which usually hatch after about 10 - 20 days. The bugs then grow through a series of stages, at each one of which they need to feed on blood, until they become adults after about 9 - 18 weeks.
They are found in the seams of mattresses, soft furnishings and also cracks in walls and around door frames where they hide when they are not breeding.
The service the Council can provide:
The Council carries out bed bug treatments in both domestic & commercial properties. The treatment consists of spraying an insecticide onto surfaces where bed bugs crawl. The insecticide will continue to work for 2 - 3 weeks after application so you should not clean it off until after all the bed bugs are dead. It is recommended that you vacuum all carpets before treatment and avoid vacuuming again for at least 2 weeks.
You will usually notice a reduction in the number of bed bugs within 2 - 3 days but it may take longer to kill off all the insects as the eggs will continue to hatch out. The treatment is very effective but there are occasions when it does not work. If you are still seeing bed bugs 3 weeks after the treatment, please let us know and we will come out to re-treat.
The insecticides the the Council use are the safest available and do not pose any risk to people or pets, with the exception of fish which have a similar body structures to insects. You will however be left an information sheet on the insecticides used by the Council operative.